‘The Shape of Water’ (Giles): “If I could go back in time”

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'The Shape of Water' by Guillermo Del Toro & Vanessa Taylor

From: Movie

Type: Dramedy

Character: Giles, "late 60’s, refined and prim: wool vest, bow tie and tortoiseshell glasses. When he speaks he has a ever-so-slight stutter (which gets worse when he gets nervous)."

Gender: Male

Age Range: 50's | 60's

Summary: Giles thinks back on the advice he'd give his younger self

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GILES: (looks at TV protests) Dear God- Change that awfulness- I don’t want to see all that-

Elisa changes channels to Betty Grable Dances pretty baby from Coney Island. Giles moves the antenna around until the image is clear. Elisa gives him “thumbs up”

There- Now- That’s better… Oh, would you look at Betty! To be young and beautiful. If I could take this brain of mine- this heart- and put in it- If I could go back in time, when I was eighteen- I didn’t know anything about anything- I- would give myself a bit of advice, I tell you- I’d say: Take better care of your teeth and fuck. A lot more.

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